|Ring name(s)||Santiago Ayala
Hijo del Gladiador
|Billed height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Billed weight||87 kg (192 lb)|
September 5, 1949 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|Resides||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Billed from||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Trained by||Pedro Nieves
Arturo Beristain (born September 5, 1949) is a retired Mexican professional wrestler, or Luchador in Spanish, who currently works as a wrestling trainer at the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre's (CMLL) gym in Mexico City, Mexico. Beristain is best known for working under two different ring names, Talismán and El Hijo del Gladiador, both personas started out as enmascarados, or masked and Beristain lost both masks in Luchas de Apuestas, he lost the Talismán mask to Atlantis in 1984 and the Hijo del Gladiador mask to Rencor Latino in 2000. As Talismán Beristain won the Mexican National Welterweight Championship twice, the Mexican National Middleweight Championship and the Mexican National Lightweight Championship. As el Hijo del Gladiador he has won the CMLL World Trios Championship with Gran Markus, Jr. and Dr. Wagner Jr. and the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship. When Beristain lost the "Hijo del Gladiador" he was announced as "Arturo Beristain Ramírez" to further the storyline that he was actually the son of wrestler "El Gladiador", but his last name is not actually Ramírez.
Professional wrestling career
Arturo Beristain made his professional wrestling debut in 1971 at the age of 21, wrestling under the ring name Santiago Ayala. A few years later Beristain adopted an enmascarado (masked) ring persona by the name of Talismán. The change to the Talismán character was so successful that Beristain began working for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), Mexico's largest wrestling promotion. On August 30, 1978, Talismán defeated Mario Valenzuela to win the Mexican National Lightweight Championship, his first professional wrestling championship. He held the title for 221 days before losing the title to Rodolfo Ruiz on April 8, 1979. It would be almost two years before Talismán won another title, defeating El Supremo for the Mexican National Welterweight Championship on March 30, 1982. Talismán successfully defended the title several times, including a rematch with the deposed champion, until losing it on November 12, 1982 to Mocho Cota. In 1984 Talismán entered and won a tournament for the vacant Mexican National Welterweight Championship, defeating Américo Rocca in the finals. On September 21, 1984, Talismán lost a Luchas de Apuesta, bet match, to Atlantis and was forced to unmask after the match and reveal his real name per lucha libre traditions. Talismán held the Welterweight title for 222 days before Rocca finally managed to defeat Talismán. On March 2, 1986, Talismán gained a measure of revenge on Atlantis by defeating him for the Mexican National Middleweight Championship. He would successfully defend the title for 273 days before losing it to Mogur on November 30, 1986.
In the late 1980s Beristain switched ring characters, becoming an enmascarado once more, using the name El Hijo del Gladiador (Spanish for "The Son of the Gladiator"), using a storyline blood relation to deceased wrestler El Gladiador. Hijo del Gladiador began teaming with Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Gran Markus, Jr. to form the group La Ola Blanca, a group that continued the tradition started by Dr. Wagner, Jr's father Dr. Wagner and Ángel Blanco in the 1960s and 1970s. On April 22, 1994, La Ola Blanca defeated Los Brazos (El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata) to win the CMLL World Trios Championship (EMLL had been renamed Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in 1990). The trio held the title for almost a year, 343 days in total, before losing the Trios title to Bestia Salvaje, Emilio Charles, Jr. and Sangre Chicana on March 31, 1995. On August 6, 1996, Hijo del Gladiador and Gran Markus, Jr. teamed up to defeat Atlantis and Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. The team only held the title for 43 days before losing it to Atlantis and Lizmark on September 18, 1996. After the loss of the tag team title La Ola Blanca broke up with each wrestler going their separate ways. Due to the CMLL/International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) talent-exchange agreement Hijo del Gladiador began working for IWRG in late 1997, and in early 1998 he defeated El Pantera to win the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship. He defended it a couple of times in the following 186 days before losing the title to Magnum Tokyo on July 5, 1998. On August 4, 2000, El Hijo del Gladiador was one of the participants in a Torneo cibernetico, where the last man eliminated would be forced to unmask. On that night he was bested by Rencor Latino and forced to unmask as a consequence of his loss. Beristain announced that his full name was "Arturo Beristain Ramírez" to keep up the storyline that he really was the son of El Gladiador. It was later confirmed that his last name was not Ramirez. Arturo Beristain retired from wrestling in 2005 and became a full time wrestling trainer for CMLL in their wrestling school in Mexico City, where he still works, training several of CMLL's rookie wrestlers.
- Finishing moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)
- CMLL World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gran Markus, Jr.
- CMLL World Trios Championship (1 time) – with Gran Markus, Jr. and Dr. Wagner Jr.
- Mexican National Lightweight Championship (1 time)
- Mexican National Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- Mexican National Welterweight Championship (2 times)
- International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG)
Lucha de Apuesta record
|Masks||Talismán and Mr. Niebla (1st version)||Los Tigres del Ring||Tijuana Baja California||April 1, 1977|
|Hair||Talismán||Irazu||Mexico City, Mexico||August 23, 1977|
|Hair||Talismán||Tauro||Mexico City, Mexico||April 2, 1978|
|Hair||Talismán||Huroki Sito||Mexico City, Mexico||June 23, 1978|
|Mask||Talismán||Arisona||San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi||November 21, 1979|
|Mask||Talismán||El Mago||Mexico City, Mexico||October 7, 1980|
|Mask||Talismán||El Legendario||Unknown||December 1980|
|Mask||Talismán||Tiburon||Mexico City, Mexico||September 29, 1981|
|Mask||Atlantis||Talismán||Mexico City, Mexico||September 21, 1984|||
|Hair||Talismán||Américo Rocca||Mexico City, Mexico||October 26, 1984|
|Hair||Talismán||Lemus II||Mexico City, Mexico||June 8, 1905|
|Hair||Mocho Cota||Talismán||Mexico City, Mexico||March 7, 1986|
|Hairs||Sangre Chicana and Mocho Cota||El Faraón and Talismán||Mexico City, Mexico||March 7, 1986|
|Hairs||El Signo, El Texano and Negro Navarro||El Dandy, Talismán and Jerry Estrada||Mexico City, Mexico||September 5, 1986|
|Hair||Américo Rocca||Talismán||Mexico City, Mexico||1987|
|Mask||El Hijo Del Gladiador||Sangre Guerrera||Mexico City, Mexico||1988|
|Mask||Rencor Latino||El Hijo Del Gladiador||Mexico City, Mexico||August 4, 2000||Lost in the final of a Torneo Cibernetico.|
|Hair||Tony Rivera||El Hijo Del Gladiador||Puebla, Puebla||February 19, 2001|||
|Hair||Ricky Marvin||El Hijo Del Gladiador||Mexico City, Mexico||October 14, 2001|
|Hair||Justiciero||El Hijo Del Gladiador||Coacalco, Mexico State||October 19, 2003|
- Enciclopedia staff (November 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Talismán (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). p. 12. Tomo V.
- Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Lightweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: National Welterweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Middleweight Championship". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Trios Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: IWRG Intercontinental World Middleweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 402. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Enciclopedia staff (September 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Hijo del Gladiador (in Spanish) (Mexico City, Mexico). p. 25. Tomo II.